Discover dynamic Hochiminh city, Admire the beauty of the Mekong River, Experience life underground in the Cu Chi Tunnels, Chill out in charming Hoi An, Explore the tombs and temples of Hue, Witness the wonder of Halong bay with an overnight cruise, Enjoy a traditional water-puppet performance in Hanoi.
Day 1 : Ho Chi Minh city arrival (D)
Arrive at Tan San Nhat airport. Be welcomed by your local guide and driver. Transfer to your hotel. Take an orientation tour in the afternoon (if time permits). Enjoy a dinner cruise on the Saigon river. Stay overnight at your hotel of choice in Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 2 : Ho Chi Minh City tour (B/L)
Breakfast at your hotel. Begin your sightseeing tour by visiting the Reunification Palace, which was the former residence of the President of South Vietnam until the end of the war in April 1975, and explore some French colonial structures including Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Central Post Office. Take a tour of town including Thien Hau and Quan Am pagoda. After seeing the Emperor Jade Pagoda and the War Remnants Museum we end the city tour with a visit to Ben Thanh market where anything and everything is for sale . Stay overnight at your hotel of choice in Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 3 : Ho Chi Minh city – Tay Ninh – Cu Chi tunnels (B/L)
After breakfast at your hotel, drive west to Tay Ninh, the headquarters of Caodaism, a symbol of the curious combination of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism. On arrival attend the fantastic mid-day temple service when the followers fill the temple wearing colorful robes. Lunch at the local restaurant. On the way back, stop to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, an underground network of tunnels constructed by Vietnamese fighters during the struggle for independence. The tunnels contained hospitals, accommodation, smokeless kitchens, etc. They were also used as a military base for the Vietcong during the American war. Drive back to Ho Chi Minh City. Stay overnight at your hotel of choice in Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 4 : Ho Chi Minh city – Cai Be floating market (B/L)
Breakfast at your hotel. Depart for Cai Be, stopping to take photos in Tan An town overlooking picturesque flat rice fields. On arrival in Cai Be, set off by motor boat to visit Cai Be floating market and watch the locals trading fruit and many other commodities on board their vessels. Then wander into a small village to visit an orchard and fruit plantation. Continue cruising to Vinh Long along a series of small canals to experience the charms of the Upper Mekong Delta. Visit a small family business to see how coconut candy and crispy rice popcorn are made. Arrive in Binh Hoa Phuoc village, the green pearl of Vinh Long, where you can immerse yourself in nature. Enjoy a lunch of fresh river food served in the heart of a garden accompanied by traditional southern Vietnamese folk music. Take a delightful walk through a bonsai garden. Meet the driver in Vinh Long. Return to Ho Chi Minh City. Stay overnight at your hotel of choice in Ho Chi Minh city.
Day 5 : Ho Chi Minh city – Da Nang – Hoi An (B/L)
After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to Tan San Nhat airport from where you will board flight VN 1316 to Da nang (11.30-12.40) You will be picked up and transferred to your hotel in Hoi An. In the afternoon, visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, a Pottery Museum, Tan Ky old house, the Cantonese congregation, silk street of Hoi An, Danang style temples and pagodas. Dinner on guest’s account. Stay overnight at your hotel of choice in Hoi An.
Day 6 : Hoi An – Hue (B/L)
After breakfast at the hotel, depart for Hue via Danang. Visit Marble mountain and a Cham museum. Stop for photos at Hai Van pass and Lang Co beach. Have lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit Dong Ba market, the Imperial Citadel from where the Nguyen Dynasty ruled between 1802 and 1945 and the ruins of the Purple Forbidden City. Enjoy a night boat trip and be entertained by a performance of Hue folks songs. Stay overnight at your hotel of choice in Hue city.
Day 7 : Hue city tour – Ha Noi (B/L/D)
Breakfast at your hotel. Take a morning boat trip to visit the royal tomb of Emperor Tu Duc followed by Thien Mu pagoda and mausoleum of Emperor Minh Mang which is set in nice gardens and lakes. Lunch at a local restaurant. Transfer to the airport for boarding flight VN 1542 to Hanoi (14.20-15.30). Pick up from Noi Bai airport and be transferred to your hotel in the Old Quarter. Enjoy a welcome dinner including some of Hanoi’s specialties. Stay overnight at your hotel of choice in Ha Noi city.
Day 8 : Ha Noi city tour (B/L)
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit Ho Chi Minh Complex, containing Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house and one Pillar pagoda. Continue onto the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university which is almost 1000 years old, Hoan Kiem lake, Ngoc Son temple, Tran Quoc pagoda and Quan Thanh temple. Lunch at the local restaurant. Enjoy a cyclo ride around the old quarter from Hang Dau to Hang Gai streets. Dinner at your own expense. Stay overnight at your hotel of choice in Ha Noi city.
Day 9 : Ha Noi – Ha Long (B/L)
Following breakfast at your hotel, depart for Ha Long via the Red River Delta. Arrive in Ha Long city and board a junk. A seafood lunch will be served on board while you enjoy a four-hour cruise on the bay to visit Thien Cung cave (The cave of the heavenly – famous for its stalagmites and stalactites) which has been open to public since 1998. Lunch at the local restaurant. Visitors can then admire the newly-discovered Dau Go grotto where wooden stakes were set deep inside the cave prior to a battle with an invading Mongol army. Boat ride back to Ha Long city. Road trip back to Hanoi. Dinner on guest’s account. Stay overnight at your hotel of choice in Ha Noi city.
Day 10 : Ha Noi and departure (B)
Breakfast at your hotel. Free leisure time to explore the city until your transfer to Noi Bai airport for departure. End of services. Finish your Highlights of Vietnam starts Ho Chi Minh.
Highlight Vietnam starts from HCM city:
HCM city- Tay Ninh- Cu Chi- Cai Be floating market- Danang- Hoi An- Hue- Hanoi- Halong bay- END
• A/c private car/van/minibus for pick up, transfer & sightseeing as per program.
• Domestic flights : Ha Noi – Hue; Da Nang – HCMC ( Economy class ).
• English speaking tour guide.
• Private boat trip on Halong bay.
• Private boat trips in Hue & the Mekong Delta.
• All entrance fees & cyclo tour.
• Hotel accommodation based Twin/Double share basis.
• Half board package meals indicated as : B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner.
• Approved letter of arrival for Vietnamese visa.
• International flight to/from Vietnam
• Travel insurance.
• Drinks & other meals not mentioned in the program.
• Personal expenses.